10:00 am-4:00 pm
LandTech is an outstanding opportunity to view the range of technological innovations and software applications for the profession. Most sessions are structured in a two-part format, using both classroom sessions and technology demonstrations.
Saturday, October 8
Graphics are a vital communication tool in the landscape architecture profession. Over the last decade, a marriage of digital and traditional techniques has slowly developed. Today, high-tech and low-tech methods can be blended to enhance communication in ways highly accessible to the profession and understandable to the public. This session explores graphic techniques and software applications that can be delivered quickly to solve design problems and effectively communicate complex ideas to non-professionals.
Peter C. Sechler, ASLA, Glatting, Jackson, Kercher, Anglin, Lopez, Rinehart, Inc.
Digital technologies are becoming increasingly powerful tools in the planning and design process in landscape architecture. The successful integration of these tools into the design process requires an understanding of each application’s strengths and weaknesses to avoid potentially significant pitfalls. This session will use case studies of resort, retail, residential, and mixed use projects in Florida to review a range of technologies, including image processing, 3D modeling, CAD, and desktop publishing applications.
Tim Toland, LandDesign, Inc.; David R. Taylor, ASLA, Land Design, Inc.; and John D. Haas, ASLA, LandDesign, Inc.
Cities are looking for ways to appropriately re-designate land uses. Custom GIS applications can use current trend data, transportation data, and existing land use data to determine appropriate future land uses to manage growth. This session will provide an overview of the process and data requirements, and will discuss actual project examples in Snohomish County, Washington, and Orange County, Florida, public schools.
Peter Gottfried, Canin Associates.
Sunday, October 9
Sketch UP 3D modeling is a powerful tool that can be used during many stages of site design and planning. From schematic design to final presentation, Sketch Up offers a unique system to landscape architects; it is fast, easy to learn, and integrates into existing project workflow. Sketch Up is a tool that may become a standard in landscape architecture firms.
Mark Kosmos, ASLA, Landscape Architect, EDAW, Inc.
This session will demonstrate the capabilities of Bryce 5, Autodesk VIZ 5, and World Builder Pro 4. Participants will receive an overview of 3D CAD drawing preparation; learn how to convert CAD drawings into rendering programs of Bryce 5, Autodesk VIZ, and World Builder Pro 4; and learn enhancement techniques to improve your presentations.
Edward A. Fenzl, ASLA, former landscape project planner, City of Fairfield, California.
This session will explain how the previously divergent technological trajectories of CAD, GPS, and earth moving equipment are converging to unearth opportunities for a new kind of landscape design-build practice. Through case studies, this session will illustrate the integration of these technologies and identify and discuss ways in which landscape architects can appropriate roles taken on by other professions and steward the technology, and indeed the emerging automated construction industry.
Caroline Y. Westort, PhD, University of Virginia School of Architecture; Joe McNamara, Spectra IS; Stephen Ervin, PhD, ASLA, Harvard University.
Because of limited resources, small firms often find it difficult to keep up with IT innovations that could enhance their production. However, with recent technological advances, small firms can produce deliverables that once were limited to larger firms. This session targets small firms that want to increase their IT knowledge using some simple, economical, and more widely available programs. It will also suggest ways to expand IT services in three areas: Production, Packaging, and Presentation.
David N. Myers, PhD, ASLA, University of Maryland; Margaret Livingston, PhD, University of Arizona.